From left to right: Tahj Miles as Marlon Pryce, Shantol Jackson as Naomi Thomas, Ralf Little as Neville Parker, and Ginny Holder as Darlene Curtis in Death in Paradise's season 12 finale, sitting on the beach.

Everything We Know About ‘Death in Paradise’ Season 13—and More

Whenever you long to see the sun and immerse yourself in a good old-fashioned mystery, Death in Paradise should be your go-to TV series.

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Set in the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie, Death in Paradise follows the Saint Marie police force—most recently comprised of Detective Inspector Neville Parker (Ralf Little), Detective Sergeant Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson), Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles), and Trainee Officer Darlene Curtis (Ginny Holder) as they solve every inexplicable murder case that lands on their desks. It’s the perfect murder mystery series for a cozy day in—and there’s more on the way.

Death in Paradise was renewed for not one but two new seasons by the BBC after its twelfth outing. This dual renewal wasn’t surprising—Death in Paradise is one of the BBC’s biggest worldwide hits, as the British broadcaster has distributed the series to over 240 territories worldwide, including the U.S., Australia, South Africa, and France, to name a few.

The recently released 2023 Death in Paradise Christmas special saw Neville’s mum visit Saint Marie for the holidays, hoping to convince her son that love is still on the cards for him after the shocking end to his relationship in season 12. Will his mother’s encouraging words have had an effect on Neville in the upcoming season? We’ll know soon enough.

Death in Paradise season 13 is set to drop on BBC One and BBC iPlayer weekly in the U.K. starting February 4, 2024. In the U.S., Death in Paradise will be available to watch on BritBox, where episodes will start airing on February 15. You can watch the trailer below.

What else can we expect from Death in Paradise season 13?

When season 12 ended, DI Parker was going through some serious emotional turmoil. Having believed he’d finally found the love of his life, he was instead betrayed and considered leaving Saint Marie altogether. Luckily for us, and the island’s police force, his friends and coworkers convinced him to stay, but those niggling doubts will almost certainly hinder the esteemed Detective’s work over the first few episodes. Star Ralf Little has, however, teased that perhaps Neville will finally be lucky in love this season, or at least be open to the possibility of a new relationship.

The BBC has released additional details as well. Death in Paradise season 13’s premiere episode will also be the show’s 100th overall—a massive feat for any show in this age of streaming, let alone a British one, and certainly well deserved—and the stakes will be higher than ever. Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington) will be celebrating his 50th anniversary with the Saint Marie police force until a mysterious assassin disrupts what should have been a happy occasion.

Throughout the series, Marlon will be confronting his future, Naomi sets out to find love with Darlene’s help, Catherine Borday (Elizabeth Bourgine) will become entangled with a sinister murder case, and Neville will face his biggest decision yet—will he return for season 14?

Have any guest stars been announced for Death in Paradise season 13?

Death in Paradise has also had a slew of impressive and surprising guest stars over the years, and this season is no different. Joining the cast for the 100th episode are Sean Maguire (The 100), who will be reprising his role from the show’s first-ever episode, as well as Leon Herbert (Outlander), Cathy Tyson (Boiling Point) and Mensah Bediako (Andor).

Other guest stars include:

  • Hayley Mills (Unforgotten, Wild at Heart)
  • Ellie Haddington (Motherland)
  • Kate Robbins (Unforgotten)
  • Pearce Quigley (Detectorists)
  • Ronni Ancona (Last Tango in Halifax)
  • Richard Fleeshman (The Ark)
  • Juliet Cowan (The Power)
  • Shvorne Marks (The Walk-In)
  • Michael Fenton Stevens (Hapless)
  • Ben Wiggins (You)
  • Guy Henry (Holby City)
  • Kevin Garry (Ted Lasso)
  • Taj Atwal (Hullraisers)
  • Emma Naomi (Bridgerton)
  • Gabrielle Glaister (Coronation Street)

We can’t wait to return to Saint Marie this winter season, just when we’ll all need it the most.

(featured image: BBC)


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